The 26-year-old, NYU-educated actress, who has had parts in commercials for Avon and Coca-Cola before, has scored her film debut in director Jon M Chu's much-anticipated adaptation of the Crazy Rich Asians novels. She plays Fiona Tung-Cheung, protagonist Nick Young’s (played by Henry Golding) cousin-in-law, who married into his wealthy family.
We went behind-the-scenes and joined Victoria on the day of the Crazy Rich Asians Singapore premiere and got some useful tips from watching her prep for the event — not like you'll be going on a red carpet anytime soon, we know, but these pointers might come in useful for a D&D or perhaps your own big day.
Prep your skin for the big event.
“I did a mask in the morning to calm my skin down. I’m currently loving Forest Essentials, a brand I discovered on a trip to India. It’s based on Ayurvedic formulas and they have this incredible nourishing mask – the Facial Treatment Masque Madhulika Nourishing Honey Lep by Forest Essentials – that’s all organic and natural,” shares Victoria.
Night event? Do your makeup in the day (if you can).
For the local Crazy Rich Asians premiere, Victoria got her first round of makeup done way ahead of the event — at 2pm! “We did three-quarters of Victoria’s makeup in the day — colours show up most accurately in the sunlight, thus you can see how your face actually looks like with the makeup,” says her makeup artist, Alex Tan.
Do two rounds of makeup if needed.
“Makeup always looks better an hour or two later — after your makeup has worn in for a while, it doesn’t look like a fresh, caked layer. Today, we’re going for a classic makeup look – a little drama that’s perfect for the night-time, but still keeping it fresh,” explains Alex.
A glowy base will illuminate your look.
“Victoria has really good skin so we’ve skipped foundation. For the base, I used the Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer followed by a mix of the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and Soft Matte Concealer on only the spots that need coverage,” says Alex. She also applied Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body Highlighter on her shoulders and arms for extra shimmer.
Korean hairstylists are the way to go.
Victoria reveals, “I get my hair done at Aqua Hair Korean Salon at Delfi Orchard. A friend recommended the salon to me and I’ve been going there since I moved back to Singapore two years ago. I’ve always done my hair at Korean salons, even in Los Angeles, because I like how Korean stylists treat Asian hair. They understand our hair and know that our strands get flat on the top and can get heavy on the bottom. They always give me that extra volume and that ‘lift’ that I need.”
Fresh breath is a must.
“I have this thing, a quirk — I like to brush my teeth before filming or going onto the red carpet. It’s really therapeutic.”
Photos: Reuben Foong
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